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Friday, November 27, 2009

Catch Me in Castile by Kimberley Troutte



Catch Me in Castile by Kimberley Troutte
Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (220 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Water Lily

Seeing dead people is bad enough. Loving him could make her one of them.

When the mother of all panic attacks prompts Erin Carter’s boss to pass her over for promotion, her mind doesn’t just crack. It explodes like an egg in a microwave, shattering her career along with the company car she crashes into the office building.

The death grip she’s kept on her sanity slipping, she takes a friend’s advice and flees to Spain. There she finds comfort in the healing arms of surgeon Santiago Botello—until a fifteenth-century ghost warns her that being with Santiago is dangerous, possibly even lethal.

Santiago has his hands full protecting his sister from a dark curse and his family from a very modern-day psychotic killer. The last thing he needs added to his plate is a neurotic American. Yet something about Erin tugs at his heart so hard he wants to wrap her in his arms and never let go. No matter the risk.

Erin’s attraction to Santiago makes her the killer’s next target. Survival means she must face her greatest fear, solve an ancient murder mystery—and hang on tight to the one man she’s fallen crazy in love with.

Erin Carter is subject to anxiety attacks. In fact, her entire family seems beset with psychological problems. Following a major breakdown, she goes to Castile, Spain with her friend and co-worker Maria Bottelo. There, Erin falls for Maria’s hunky brother Santiago and finds she’s not the only one with psychological problems. Maria and Santiago’s mother is insane and the ghost of a nearby castle, Serena, doesn’t have the strongest grasp of reality either.

This book has all the makings of a great read—a hunky guy, a spooky castle, a crazy old lady, and a ghost with a mystery—however it also has too much insanity for me. The crazy old lady worked, but wasn’t capitalized on. The repeated references to Erin’s panic attacks made me want to tell Santiago to find a nice sane girl.

I found Serena’s tragic story the most interesting part of the book. I wanted to know what happened between her and her rich boyfriend in the past and why she was haunting the castle. I liked the setting and the background of historical Spain. Unfortunately, I found the connection between Serena’s tragic story and Erin’s tenuous and the resolution weak. The conclusion is exciting, but not totally believable.

Catch Me in Castile has so many elements that almost hit the mark that I want to keep my eye on Ms. Troutte. I believe future books will achieve what this book didn’t quite.

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